Holiday drinking could create larger hurdle for those fighting addiction
WORCESTER COUNTY, Md. – It’s no secret that this time of year, many of us will take part in holiday celebrations. But, sometimes that involves drinking alcohol, which can spell out danger for those struggling with addiction. The CDC says December and January are typically the deadliest months of the year when it comes to alcohol and drug abuse.
Travis Brown with the Worcester County Health Department says the holiday season can be stressful for many. He says that can lead to a bigger hurdle when it comes to fighting addiction or maintaining sobriety. “Holiday depression is a very real thing. Estranged family relationships can be exacerbated this time of year, there’s financial issues, of course. Then, with COVID-19 over the last two years, it’s really added stress onto an already stressed time of year,” said Brown.
The Worcester County Health Department says there are a number of resources available for those struggling to maintain sobriety or begin their path to recovery. Those resources include safe stations, the health department’s behavioral health unit, and peer support services. “We have some of the greatest peer support specialists, I think, in the state. Those are staff here at the Health Department who have already gone through their own recovery journey. They know the ins and outs of addiction, substance abuse, and how rough it is to finally start and stop moving toward sobriety,” said Brown.
But, for the loved ones that are around those who are struggling, the most important thing you can do is have an honest and supportive conversation ahead of festivities. “You have to meet people where they are, and you have to have that conversation to say that you’re there to support them,” said Brown. “Then, you can help them through that journey, get them connected to resources, contact us at the health department. Call us, visit our website, and social media. All these things are available.”
For more information on resources available to those struggling, click here.